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Secrets of the Sideshows

by Joe Nickell

On small-town ballfields and county fairgrounds, the sideshow performers set up their tents and trailers in the shadow of the Ferris wheel. There they amazed us with daring feats such as fire eating and sword...


Eyeing the Flash: The Education of a Carnival Con Artist

by Peter Fenton

The year is 1963, the setting is small-town Michigan. At age fifteen, Peter Fenton is a gawky math whiz schoolboy with a dissatisfied mother, a father who drinks himself to foolishness, and no chance whatsoever...


The Contemporary Circus: Art of the Spectacular

by Ernest Albrecht

Creating the Contemporary Circus is an examination and analysis of the creative process whereby such circuses as Cirque du Soleil, the Big Apple Circus and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey develop their productions....


Acrobaddict

by Joe Putignano

A gifted athlete’s Olympic hopes are derailed by his addiction, but recovery brings him to a role he never dreamed.


Under the Big Top

by Bruce Feiler

Both a great American adventure and a rare entry into asheltered world, Under the Big Top describes one man's pursuit of every child's fantasy: running away to join the circus. Bruce Feiler's unforgettable year...


Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe: How an American Acrobat Introduced Circus to Japan--And Japan to the West

by Frederik L. Schodt

The unlikely history of early cross-cultural encounters between the West and Japan, featuring acrobats, jugglers, and a colorful American impresario.


The Ordinary Acrobat: A Journey into the Wondrous World of the Circus, Past and Present

by Duncan Wall

The extraordinary story of a young man’s plunge into the unique and wonderful world of the circus—taking readers deep into circus history and its renaissance as a contemporary art form, and behind the (tented)...


Circus Mania!

by Douglas McPherson

A history of the circus from its origins in the Roman times, through its establishment in Western Europe, and to the modern day circus—absolutely diverse and captivating Circuses have existed since Roman...


Secrets of the Sideshows

by Joe Nickell

On small-town ballfields and county fairgrounds, the sideshow performers set up their tents and trailers in the shadow of the Ferris wheel. There they amazed us with daring feats such as fire eating and sword...


From Rags to Ricketts and Other Essays on Circus History

by William L. Slout

William L. Slout, circus historian par excellence, here provides six essays on the development of the American circus. "From Rags to Ricketts: The Roots of Circus in Early Gotham" looks at the beginnings of...